• Discovery Place provides free resources for the ministries of United Methodist churches within the Susquehanna Conference. We are located at the Conference Center in Mechanicsburg and are open weekdays from 9 am – 1 pm. Other hours can be arranged by appointment. We invite you to visit us.
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Resource Spotlight

Discovery Place is proud to feature several books authored or co-authored by Kay Kotan, SUSUMC’s new Director of Congregational Development.   All of these are available to borrow from Discovery Place, and we encourage you to make use of them as resources that will help your church grow.

Gear Up! Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church – Outward-focused, mission-minded churches need functioning systems in place to be effective.  All nine gears (processes/systems) that Kay outlines in this book are required to be “in sync” for a church to achieve its mission.  This book will help your church identify which gears are already in place and which gears need to be added or tuned up, so that your church can fully and effectively live out its mission of making disciples.




Mission Possible: Structuring Your Church for Missional Effectiveness – Does your church have more committee positions to fill than people to fill them? Do you desire to structure your church so that it is more relevant and faithful in reaching new people?  Kay provides practical, field-tested steps and processes to simplify your church structure, allowing more people to actually be in ministry. 




Get Their Name: Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships – This book is about helping people in our churches move past the fear of inviting or sharing their faith with others and move toward an active, passionate missionary lifestyle. Inwardly focused churches tend to define and practice evangelism as “reconnecting disconnected church folks.” Outwardly focused churches define and practice evangelism as connecting the unconnected folks to Jesus and then to the church.  The unchurched, never-connected population is rapidly growing, especially among the millennial generation. Get Their Name will help you find your own faith story and share it, so that you can become a twenty-first century missionary.




10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church offers prescriptions for the top ten issues facing churches today. Based on the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) developed for the Missouri Conference of the UMC, this book offers a helpful approach to fixing common problems and provides strategies to help congregations achieve success in specific areas of ministry.




Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission – To change the world, we must first change our churches. Rearranging the pews, painting the fellowship hall, or paving the parking lot are just not enough. With clear language and practical tips, this book will inspire and help you organize your church for new life. Learn how to grow your church and discover the commitments that leaders must make to guarantee the fruitfulness of local congregations.




Building Worship Bridges: Worship to Accelerate Neighborhood Connections provides ideas, strategies and processes for making worship in your church a competent, compelling experience that new people want to attend.  Worship and the worship experience have the potential to bridge the gap between the church and the neighborhood. All who follow Christ are called to reach out to new people through worship. We accelerate neighborhood connections when we plan and lead worship with the guest in mind.  This book will show you how.


To borrow these books, please contact Discovery Place, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 717-766-7968 (toll-free 800-682-2615), or browse our website at www.discovery-place.org (search the online catalog and even place an order!).  Or better yet, visit us in person at the Conference Center!  Our hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. weekdays; other times for a visit can be arranged by contacting us. Discovery Place is funded by your Shares of Ministry.  The only cost to you is the postage to return resources to us.